Batman Forever (1995)
“It’s the car, right? Chicks love the car.”
— Batman (Val Kilmer) repels the advances of rough trade-seeking psychologist Dr. Chase Meridian (Nicole Kidman).
To the everlasting chagrin of comic book fans everywhere, director Joel Schumacher ( St. Elmo’s Fire) was hired to take over the franchise from Burton. Adding the character of Robin/Dick Grayson (Chris O’Donnell), Schumacher seems intent on returning Batman to its campy incarnation in the ’60s, a direction abetted by special guest villains Jim Carrey as The Riddler (as scientist Edward Nygma, Carrey is obliged to sell a schoolboy crush on Bruce Wayne) and a particularly obnoxious Tommy Lee Jones as Two Face. Schumacher apparently felt that adding lots of fluorescent, day-glo colours to the mix somehow paid homage to the colour comic books, while wilfully ignoring the darker direction the comics had actually taken.
Hey, it could have been worse — as we would soon see.